Hogs' Bret Bielema completes staff

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has completed his coaching staff ... again.

Bielema thought he had all of his guys on board, but receivers coach George McDonald left earlier this week to take the offensive coordinator's job at Syracuse.

Dipping into the Big 12 ranks, Bielema replaced McDonald with Michael Smith, who'd been the Kansas State receivers coach the past four seasons. Smith has strong recruiting ties in the state of Texas, which should come in handy for the Hogs. Smith spent a total of 15 seasons at Kansas State, his alma mater, and was also there the first time with Bill Snyder.

Below is Bielema's staff:

  • Jim Chaney, offensive coordinator

  • Joel Thomas, running backs

  • Sam Pittman, offensive line

  • Michael Smith, receivers

  • Barry Lunney Jr., tight ends

  • Chris Ash, defensive coordinator

  • Charlie Partridge, defensive line

  • Randy Shannon, linebackers

  • Taver Johnson, cornerbacks